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Minnesota Employment Resource Team comes to Kuwait

Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry (1-94 CAV), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, participated in the Minnesota Employment Resource Team training Feb 1-7 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait The Employment Resource Team training is the first event of its kind where civilian business professionals, as well as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, have volunteered their time and services to come overseas to help veterans prepare to pursue their college education or return to the Minnesota work force

“An event like this has never been done before in Army history,” said Chaplain (Col) John Morris  Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Maj Gen Richard Nash, the state adjutant general, along with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program came together to send executives and recruiters from Best Buy, Target, US Bank and the Minnesota Department of Commerce to help veterans get a head start on finding employment when they return to Minnesota   

“It’s wonderful and it’s a relief because this is something that has been needed for a long time and many have worked hard to make this happen to help Soldiers,” said Morris



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Representatives from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities also attended to provide assistance to those veterans who wanted to further their education   

“We are here to help Soldiers with education and employment goals so when they return home the can hit the ground running,” said Gina Sobania the Military Education Director of the Veterans Re-Entry Education Program

An estimated 19 percent of the 2,700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's deployed 1st Brigade Combat Team in Kuwait will be unemployed, looking for new jobs upon returning home, according to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development survey completed in January 2012

“The Employment Resource Team corporate partners are reviewing resumes and making recommendations on how to improve the way they describe their skills, education and achievements in a professional document,” said Army Maj Aaron D Krenz, Deployment Cycle Support Chief for the Minnesota National Guard

The 1-94 CAV trained employment and education representatives in each troop to provide guidance and advice to the Soldiers at they prepared for the Employment Resource Team’s event Prior to attending this event each Soldier prepared resumes and cover letters and completed a plan to identify their goals when they return to Minnesota  

“We worked hard to prepare our Soldiers for this opportunity,” said Capt Gabriel Exman, 1-94 CAV Employment and Education Officer In Charge “We recognize what a great opportunity this event is and we put a lot of time and effort into insuring that our Soldiers had the best possible resources and advice going into this event”

With the 1-94 CAV returning home in April this training couldn’t be more crucial than it is right now “It was an opportunity that the time frame played out for us to come over here and do these workshops,” said Sobania She continued on to say “the feedback and the interaction with Soldiers was great—with this training Soldiers can come home and be successful”

6 Mar, 2012
Spc Mathew Schlueter
1-94 Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team




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